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The Mexican government increased measures meant to stop the spread of the deadly swine flu.
Most nonessential government services have been shut down.
Supermarkets and hospitals will stay open.
“There is no safer place to protect yourself against catching swine flu than in your house,” Mexican President Felipe Calderon said in a televised address Wednesday night. He praised the “heroic work” of doctors and nurses and brushed aside criticism that his government’s response was slow.